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Two Assam Rifles troopers were killed and inflicted injuries to several others in an ambush by a combined team of People Liberation Army (PLA) and Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) on Friday near Indo-Myanmar border on Manipur side on Friday, a joint statement of the two rebel groups claimed Saturday.
The joint statement of RPF’s assistant publicity secretary and MNPF’s deputy publicity secretary MK Mashun claimed that the attack was on a camp of the 4 Assam Rifles located at a place between Aibol and Joupi villages.
Aibol and Joupi are two villages located about seven kilometer towards Manipur side of the Indo-Myanmar border and under Molcham police station of Chandel district.
While claiming killing two troopers and injuring to several others, the joint statement said that the security force camp was also damaged to certain extend in the attack.
While owing up yesterday’s attack, the joint statement further recounted recent series of attacks on the security forces by the two rebel groups joining hands in the struggle to regain the sovereignty of Manipur.
It said that a special team of the PLA’s tactical command attacked on 31 Assam Rifles on July 9, 2018 at Kangpat Khunou and Khunlen in Ukhrul district. It was followed by another attack on July 19 by a combined team PLA and MNPF at the camp of the 4 Assam Rifles camp at Aibol village in Chandel district.
Yesterday’s attack on another camp of the 4 Assam Rifles was after an attack on September 5 last to another camp of the same trooper at Aigyang village.
The attacks were performed using sophisticated weapon like RPG and light machine guns, the joint statement claimed.
The joint statement added that the “mean minded” India while trying to strengthen their colonial rule has been dividing various ethnic community of the state by spewing communal venoms and by creating an environment of fear psychosis.
The two rebel groups were waging war against India for restoration of the freedom which was lost after the region was forcibly annexed to India Union, it added.
The PLA and MNPF with other likeminded outfits will keep on their armed struggles until the region is freed from the colonial rulers, the joint statement added.
Meanwhile, police said that in yesterday’s attack, one trooper of the Assam Rifles who sustained critical injuries during the attack died on the way to nearby medical care centre of the security force.
The lifeless body of the trooper said to be one hailing from Mizoram was yet to be reached Imphal where necessary official procedures are to be done before handing over to the family. Police said the body was on the way to Imphal.